Lieutenant Louise Erman of the US Army Nurse Corps throwing her Ju-Jitsu instructor Major Strom during an unarmed combat class.
The Army Nurses were put through rigiours training in preperation for the opening of the second front—Normandy—by the Allies where they would follow the landing forces to help the wounded.
A Loyd carrier of the anti-tank platoon of 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards explodes during 30 Corp’s advance up the Eindhoven road at the start of Operation ‘Market-Garden’, 17 September 1944.
you know what really makes me fucking sad? Captain Sobel. surely he was an asshole, he was mean and unfair, and none of the guys really liked him but he trained them to be the best. many of the guys later said that if it hadn’t been for his harsh training they probably wouldn’t have survived a lot of the stuff they went through. the 12 mile long night marches, the night problems, everything captain Sobel did prepared Easy company for the war.
he probably never knew how much the guys appreciated his training, they didn’t like his methods at the time but it made them better and stronger as a unit. Sobel probably never knew how much he helped Easy through the war.
Guarnere invited him to Easy Co. reunions and he never showed up, the guy tried to kill himself, failed to do so and died alone many years later. how fucked up is that?
British infantry, possibly of C Company 1 Staffordshire Regiment, storm a trench system during a live fire training exercise in Saudi Arabia prior to the retaking of Kuwait. The lead soldier carries a PRC-349 radio, used by section commanders and their second in command.
Bill Guarnere - April 28 1923 – March 8 2014
“What you don’t know going in is that when you come out, you will be scarred for life. Whether you were in for a week, a month, or a year—even if you come home without a scratch—you are never, ever going to be the same.”